America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful is a patriotic song that stirs the emotions.  

Young children frequently learn it in school and homeschool, so I now have a beginner version that uses shared hands for the melody!

America the Beautiful is also available here for free as:

  • two keys for easy piano 
  • six keys as a lead sheet
  • piano accompaniment/four-part harmony.
Beginner piano arrangement of America the Beautiful
Sheet music for piano America the Beautiful

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

Use chord symbols for a duet

If you understand chords, you will be a good duet partner for your little student.  Not real familiar with how to use chords?  Peruse my Mary Had a Little Lamb page for ideas, and check out "Basic Chords & Scales" for examples of chord inversions.

Find the chord symbols distracting?

Many young children are initially confused by the sight of a letter name placed over their notes, and assume it must be the note name.  Eventually they'll get used to Lead Sheets, but you, the teacher, must always be on the alert for that confusion!  Here is the same arrangement, but minus the chords (top half of page 1 is shown):

America the Beautiful for piano beginner

Why is there no key signature?

This arrangement is in the key of F, though I have not included the customary key signature at the beginning of each staff system.  I find having the flat show up in the melody as it is played makes for one less hurdle to jump, at this stage of note-reading ability.

Easy piano, melody with LH accompaniment

Here is an easy piano arrangement, shown in the key of Bb (the other key is C):

Easy piano arrangement of America the Beautiful

A closeup look at page one:

A closeup look at a piano arrangement of America the Beautiful

And page two of the easy piano arrangement:

Page two of an easy piano version of O Beautiful for spacious skies

Scroll down the page for the links to the free downloadable PDFs to print

Lead sheets for other instruments & voice

Free sheet music America the Beautiful

It's a good audition song

Because the intervals of the chorus of this popular patriotic song are very tricky to sing without a piano accompaniment (for younger and less experienced singers, at any rate), it makes a good High School Choir audition song. 

Try singing it a cappella

Oh boy.  NOW students can't hide!  

Here in Alaska, the audition for being part of the state and local Honor Choirs calls for a couple of major scales, a set of descending arpeggios (broken chords), and one verse of THIS song, sung with no accompaniment.

What makes this song so difficult to sing without accompaniment?

I think it is the melody's use of almost all the intervals, and the temporary modulation (change of key) at the end of line two.  

Most particularly, starting at the end of line two and into line three, your students who are plagued with intonation weaknesses may have trouble getting back into the tonic.  

Those large intervals (4ths, 5ths, and 6ths) in rapid succession are tricky!

A working copy for non-pianists:

Lettered notes in the song America the Beautiful

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

Singers are frequently WEAK in their note-reading, so I made this version all of lettered notes - "AlphaNotes."  Even students who know the song may struggle with certain intervals in the melody, so having the ability to bang it out on the piano can really help.

Traditional 4-part harmony arrangement

America the Beautiful four-part harmony or piano arrangement sheet music

This is the same arrangement you will run into in most hymnals.




The new Middle C arrangements:



Download the Middle C version with chord symbols for duets



Download the beginner version with melody only (no chords)



The new easy piano links:



Download easy piano arrangement of America the Beautiful in Bb



Download easy arrangement in the key of C



Here are the lead sheet links:



America the Beautiful in the Key of A 



America in the Key of Bb



Download lead sheet in the key of B



Download in the key of C



Download in the key of D



Download in the key of G 



The link for the easy-to-read singer's version:



Download America the Beautiful with letters in the note-heads



The links for the piano or four-part harmony arrangement:



Download "Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies" for piano in A



Download America for piano in key of Bb



Download in key of B



Download in key of C



Download in key of D



Download in key of G (lowest key)


I do recommend having your voice students work with this piece, even if vocal auditions are a long way off!


Do you need a beautiful but easy solo for a young beginning singer?  Check out a simple song used in Cinderella, "Lavender's Blue"!


See all the free patriotic songs on my site!


America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)



America the Beautiful



Anchors Aweigh



Army Theme



Marine's Hymn



Star-Spangled Banner



Taps








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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

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